AN ACT TO MAKE VARIOUS CHANGES TO THE JUVENILE LAWS.
Amends GS 7B200(a) to grant the district court exclusive, original jursidction over proceedings to review the placement of a young adult in foster care under GS 108A48 and GS 7B910.1.
Amends GS 7B404 (Immediate need for petition when clerk's office is closed). Directs magistrates, when the office of the clerk is closed, to accept petitions alleging a juvenile to be abused, neglected, or dependent, and petitions alleging the obstruction of or interference with an assessment required by GS 7B302. Limited to emergency situations when a petition must be filed to obtain a nonsecure custody order or an order under GS 7B303 (interference with assessment), and any petitions accepted for filing under this statute must be delivered to the clerk's office for processing as soon as it opens for business.
Amends GS 7B405 (Commencement of action). Clarifies that an action is commenced when a juvenile petition is accepted by a magistrate, as described above. Amends GS 7B407 (Service of Summons) to clarify that a summons shall be served under GS 1A1, Rule 4.
Amends GS 7B505(a) to further allow temporary residential placement in the home of a parent, relative, nonrelative kin, or other person with legal custody of a sibling of the juvenile (was, a relative's home).
Amends GS 7B505.1. Amends the caption to read "Consent for medical care for a juvenile placed in nonsecure custody of a department of social services." Authorizes the director of a county department of social services to further arrange for, provide, and consent to treatment for common pediatric illnesses and injuries that require prompt intervention. Also amends GS 7B2503, concerning undisciplined juveniles and GS 7B2506, concerning delinquent juveniles, by deleting provisions related to the director's authority over medical care and consent requirements be heard in the person's own behalf, and to examine witnesses.
Amends GS 7B506 (hearing to determine need for continued nonsecure custody) to allow parties the right to introduce evidence (currently allows a specified list of parties). Provides that GS 7B905.1 apply to determine visitation.
Amends GS 7B906.1 to direct the court to conduct a review hearing within 90 days of the initial dispositional hearing held pursuant to GS 7B901 in all instances (was, limited to instances where the parent, guardian, or custodian lost custody). Directs the court to schedule a permanency planning hearing within 30 days of determining that efforts to reunite a juvenile with either parent would be unsuccessful or inconsistent with the juvenile's health and safety. Adds that the statute does not apply to post termination of parental rights' placement reviews. Makes a technical change.
Amends GS 7B908 to require the court to further conduct placement reviews when parental rights have been relinquished under GS Chapter 48. Amends language throughout the statute to refer to permanent placement plans (instead of a singular plan).Makes conforming changes. Deletes references to the North Carolina Adoption Resource Exchange, and the North Carolina Photo Adoption Listing service, and replaces them with the NC Kids Adoption and Foster Care Network and other childspecific recruitment programs. Directs the court to adopt concurrent permanent plans and identify the primary and secondary plan in accordance with GS 7B906.2. Provides a contingency in which the court may order a placement that the court finds to be in the juvenile's best interest.
Amends GS 7B910.1(d) to make a technical change.
Amends GS 7B1106 to refer to service of process under GS 1A1, Rule 4 (currently Rule 4(j)).
Amends GS 7B3600 to replace references to GS 7B903, GS 7B2503, and GS 7B2506 with GS 7B505.1 and GS 7B903.1.
Effective October 1, 2017.
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